The Canucks continued streaking into 2020, extending their winning streak to six games after a 7-5 victory over the Blackhawks. It was an exhausting and exciting game filled with lead changes, goals, highlight-reel saves and defensive snafus. The action never stopped and it felt like whoever scored the next goal would win. The Canucks are taking advantage of winnable games right now, which will be critical because their next home game against the Rangers will be their last before embarking on a five game road trip.
The Canucks scored the first goal for the seventh consecutive game just as time had expired on the Canucks power play. Captain Bo Horvat beautifully set up J.T. Miller who tipped it home for his 15th of the year, while Elias Pettersson grabbed the secondary assist. Miller kicked off January on the right foot after an unfortunate December where he had only 2 goals on 34 shots.
Connor Murphy tied the game and the Blackhawks outshot the Canucks 12-7 to close out the first period.
New year, same Tanner Pearson. He remains red hot notching his 22nd point in his last 23 games. Alex Edler and Jake Virtanen set him up. Virtanen’s tenacity made the goal happen after stole the puck. He had 12 takeaways in December and 4 tonight.
David Kampf put the Hawks within one and Patrick Kane followed that up on the power play by tied the game at 2.
The Hawks took a two goal lead midway through the 2nd period when Jonathan Toews scored a lucky deflection off Quinn Hughes. This caused Travis Green to call his timeout to rally the troops.
Quinn Hughes got his revenge on the power play bringing the Canucks within a goal. J.T. Miller and Petey grabbed the assists showing off their passing mastery. Bo Horvat didn’t get a point but he contributed with a flawless entry followed up with a perfect screen.
Petey’s prowess continued when he tied the game at 4 with his third point of the game. His lotto linemates Brock Boeser and J.T. Miller got the assists.
Captain Bo scored the go ahead goal in the third period off a deflection. This was his second home goal of the season and just like his last home goal, it wasn’t pretty but its perfection to Canucks fans. Edler and Pearson got the assists and their 2nd points of the game. Since the return of Alexander Edler the Canucks are undefeated and have allowed only one goal when 5-on-5 with him on the ice.
The back-and-forth play continued when Patrick Kane tied the game for the second time his game scoring his 24th of the year.
The hockey Gaud fired home the first game-winning goal of his career with just under 5 minutes left in the game. Miller grabbed the lone assist after he and Boeser displayed determination to get the puck and make the play possible. They had one last scare with a late Hawks power play, followed by a final push but Captain Bo sealed the deal with a clutch shot block and an empty net goal.
Captain Bo Horvat played a determined game tonight. He was on the ice for 5 goals for and 0 against. Also, he lead the team with 2 goals, 2 assists, 9 shots, 3 shots blocked and won 58.82% of faceoffs. When the game was on the line Bo Horvat delivered and did what it took to delivery the Canucks to victory.
The Lotto line continued its dominance, led by Miller, who had one goal and three assists on the night. Petey had 3 points and Boeser had a single assist. In the month of December Brock lead the Canucks with 14 points including 11 assists and Petey lead the Canucks in goals with 7.
Quinn the Vote!
Quinn Hughes not being named to the NHL All-Star team is a travesty. Somehow he isn’t getting the respect he deserves. The lone defenseman representing the Pacific Division is Mark Giordano and while he has the experience edge over Hughes that’s where it ends.
Don’t fret, though, Canucks fans. All hope is not lost. Hughes needs you to send him to the All-Star Game alongside our King Petey via The Last Men In Vote. The top vote-earner per division will be added to the rosters. You only have until Friday January 10th at 8:59 PM to get your votes in, so vote now and vote the maximum 10 times a day!